Dear Single Millennials: Be an Adult and Stop Complaining About What You're Owed...
Single young people are getting poorer compared to the average population even those with dependent children, with stagnating disposable income and onerous living costs pressing down on prosperity.
New data accessed by the Guardian reveals that singletons aged 25 to 29 in eight rich countries – the US, UK, Australia, Canada, Spain, Italy, France and Germany – have become poorer over the last 20 years compared with the average population, and unattached young adults are finding it harder than ever to set up on their own.
“I loved living alone in my own apartment [in Phoenix, Arizona], but my wallet didn’t. I was 25 and very naively signed a year-long lease expecting to move in and be able to live the lifestyle I saw my parents living when I was growing up.”
It makes Ball laugh to think about the expectations she had of what she would be able to afford – furnishing her apartment and having money spare to eat out and go on trips with friends.
“I think I took all those movies to heart. You know the kind, the twenty-something living in a super hip apartment in a cool downtown area with plenty of money to go out all the time and order take-out.”
Your job's a joke, you're broke, your love life's D.O.A.
It's like you're always stuck in second gear
When it hasn't been your day, your week, your month, or even your year...